The University Libraries and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs presents the Summer Sunset lecture: "Where have all the Rock Stars Gone? The experience of an immigrant musician struggling to navigate the dangerous seas of the music industry in the midst of its current demise," July 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the University of New Mexico's George Pearl Hall Auditorium.
Matias Pizarro, a musician, artist, cultural promoter and underground activist, will speak on his upbringing in Chile, Brazil and El Salvador as a budding musician and on his later experience as an immigrant artist in the United States.
Pizarro's musical projects, including alternative political rock band Stoic Frame, the Latin Electronica Reggae outfit Mezklah, and an Afro-Latin percussion and singing troop Concepto Tambor explore different musical styles and develop innovative approaches to conventional music. On the music business level, he created El Comandante Records, Twisted Fiction Publishing and Alien Vendetta Productions as entities to develop a collective network of leading musicians and artists that join forces to create synergy and generate innovative opportunities.
Pizarro's band's music has reached the No. 1 position in the US Radio & Records Latin Alternative Charts, with accompanying videos that obtained regular rotation on MTV Espanol. He has been instrumental in securing licensing placements nationally and internationally on channels such as FOX, Telemundo, Univision, MTV and Black Entertainment Television, among others. His music has been distributed in the US, Canada and Japan. He currently lives in Long Beach, California but spends a lot of time in New Mexico as well as Chile. Pizarro's presentation will be accompanied by former Stoic Frame bandmate and singer, songwriter, Keith Sanchez.
Sanchez is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist whose music has been distributed throughout the United States and Latin America. He toured and performed as lead singer and lyricist for the band Stoic Frame, an act that garnered a No. 1 charting song on the national Rock & Roll charts and became an underground phenomena.
Sanchez grew up in Belen, New Mexico. He presently works as the music director and principal performer for Carlos Santana's Maria Maria Restaurants throughout the southwest and California and will release a full length solo effort entitled "Muse" in June, 2010.
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